03:45 PM EDT 12/17/2014
Originally posted 08/04/2011 07:00AM
Bubba Smith, the larger-than-life 1971 Super Bowl winner with the Baltimore Colts who played the mild-mannered Moses Hightower in six Police Academy movies, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Wednesday. He was 66.
The cause of death was not immediately determined, but the Los Angeles County coroner's office said in a statement, "There is no indication of anything other than natural death."
"I had no idea that he was even ill or that anything could be wrong," former Michigan State teammate Gene Washington tells the Detroit Free Press. "It's incredibly sad, because Bubba was such a larger-than-life figure. Nothing surprised you with Bubba."
The 6'7" (some accounts added an inch to that), 300-lb. Texas native was born Charles Aaron Smith and made his name on the field as a fearsome defensive player for Michigan State University.
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
The Obamas: How We Deal with Our Own Racist Experiences
British Man Claims to Have Spent $150K+ to Look Like Kim Kardashian
Mother Sues County After Son Dies in Second Drunk-Driving Accident
Judge Exonerates 14-Year-Old Boy Who Was Executed 70 Years Ago
Airplane Brawl over Crying Baby Nearly Causes Emergency Landing
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!